Union minister and BJP MP Smriti Irani on Tuesday dared Congress chief Rahul Gandhi to “take out cash” from the pockets of small tea merchants of Gujarat and to contest elections from the state if he has “guts”.
She additionally alleged the Congress’ “hatred and prejudice” in direction of Gujarat and its folks was not new, “as Rahul Gandhi and his occasion had objected to the proposal to construct the Statue of Unity within the reminiscence of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in Gujarat”.
Irani was referring to the remarks made by the previous Congress chief at a ballot rally in Assam through which he spoke about climbing the each day wage of tea employees by making tea backyard house owners from Gujarat pay, if his occasion is voted to energy in that state.
“Rahul Gandhi not too long ago mentioned in a rally in Assam that he’ll take out cash from the pockets of small tea merchants of Gujarat. Earlier, they (Congress) had points with the tea vendor (PM Narendra Modi), and now they’ve issues with those that drink tea,” Irani mentioned at a public rally for upcoming elections to native our bodies held at Vansda city in Navsari district.
“I need to problem Rahul Gandhi to attempt (‘azma lo’) Gujarat if he has guts. I additionally problem him to contest polls from Gujarat. That may clear all his misconceptions,” the Minister for Textiles and Ladies & Little one Improvement mentioned. Rahul Gandhi had mentioned the Congress will hike the each day wages of tea backyard employees if voted to energy in Asasam.
“Tea backyard employees of Assam get Rs 167 per day, whereas merchants from Gujarat get tea gardens. The Congress will put Rs 365 as each day wage into the pockets of the tea backyard employees. Now you’ll ask me the place will the cash come from?…It should come from the merchants of Gujarat,” he had mentioned.
Irani mentioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the folks of Gujarat had give you the thought of setting up a grand monument devoted to Sardar Patel. “Nevertheless, Rahul Gandhi and his household objected to this proposal as their whole politics was all the time about erasing Sardar Patel’s identify from the pages of historical past,” mentioned Irani.
She alleged that when persons are donating iron articles to construct Patel’s statue, “I believed that Congress leaders would shun that prejudice and be part of this motion”. “However, they might not take away that hatred and prejudice in direction of Gujarat and Gujaratis from their minds. As instructed by Rahul and his mom (Sonia Gandhi), the opposition occasion disrespected the Statue of Unity,” the BJP MP alleged.
Elections to 6 municipal firms in Gujarat will happen on February 21. Polling for 81 municipalities, 31 district panchayats and 231 taluka panchayats is scheduled on February 28.